From there, I will offer an analysis of the complexities of this encounter and show how poor communication between the tribes and the missionaries ensured the slow dispersion of familial and social ties in the former.
Nov 13, Cynthia Gibson added it I'm currently on page 76 and this book is incredible.
I don't really like reading about tribes and historical reading but this book has definitely caught my attention since its from the perspective of Okonkwo.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who just want to read a book that contains somewhat tribal traditions and beliefs. I rate this book an absolute 5.
I've taught it with seniors for several years and it comes back as a favorite. I was first assigned this novel in a unique class offered at the University of Washington in my sophomore year. Grad students from around the world, but especially Nigeria and other former colonies, and studying music, literature, art, and social science wanted to teach a class about African arts—not African-American, but arts from Africa.
It gave me intimate insight into a culture radically different from my own and from what I might have assumed.
It isn't about clever puns, riveting plot twists, or flowing descriptions, it's about a culture that you've most likely never seen, told through the eyes of a man who is watching it crumble into dust.
The language is basic English, probably 6th grade or middle school level, but it provides a fascinating glimpse into an Africa that doesn't exist anymore. It doesn't romanticize it eithe Language can be a bridge from one way of thinking to another person's culture, which is what this book provides.
It doesn't romanticize it either. People are killed in ways that modern Western views still find barbaric, but it's just a fact of life for this tribe, a sacred law.
The white men that come later do things that are just as barbaric, and some try to enforce civilization in a way that doesn't seem so bad. The point-of-view turn at the very end of the book makes it for me I won't spoil it, but it made me want to scream with indignity for a culture that was squandered.
This book will make you see Africa in a different way, and you'll be better for it. First, it provided this Western reader with a fascinating glimpse of world views which non westerners use to make sense of the world. Secondly, "Things Fall Apart", functions like as an anthropological parable.
It reminds the reader of the bittersweet truth that progress is a relative concept and that there is no escaping change.
Jan 09, Ciaran Thapar rated it it was amazing This is a work of higher powers. It leaves one's Western expectations about narrative and social values in tatters. His objective voice is immovable, but you can't help but be left feeling ashamed of the white man's colonial legacy.
Achebe achieves simplicity and profound complexity in one short book. I almost cried on the last page. Nov 19, Megan Kelosiwang rated it really liked it Wonderful book with in depth study of an African traditional culture, ending with the arrival of the white missionaries.
I have a much better understanding of the concepts of a traditional animist culture from reading this book. At the same time I was interested in the stories and characters from a fictional perspective.
Oct 16, Wendy rated it liked it I love the history behind this book. It is very interesting to learn of Africa and read a fictional story with some historical basis. This book was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning, but worth it in the end May 09, Shirin bagchi rated it really liked it The last few chapters reminded me of Aranyak a lot.The Familial Bond of Father and Son in Things Fall Apart, a Novel by Chinua Achebe ( words, 5 pages) Far from Like Father, Like SonA man in the Umuofia clan is worth only by his titles, strength, farms, and family.
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe () was a worldview-altering novel. I've taught it with seniors for several years and it comes back as a favorite.
I was first assigned this novel in a unique class offered at the University of /5. Chinua Achebe’s classic Things Fall Apart has been widely translated, deservedly canonized, studied at schools worldwide, and examined from various disciplinary, theoretical, critical, and pedagogical angles.
Parental Relationships in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood, are two novels that emphasize the complexities of relationships between parents and their children.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Home / Literature / Things Fall Apart / Quotes / By abusing his young son, it seems that Okonkwo is turning father-hating into a new trend in his family.
Okonkwo hated his own father, and though he is trying to do right by his own son, he’s in fact only pushing the boy away. The novel largely deals with the central father-son conflict and John's coming of age and religious crisis.
Semi-autobiographical novel, examining the role of the Christian church in the lives of African Americans, both as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community.